Utah officials release 911 call of man who apparently started fire

Fire near Beaumont grows to 1200 acres, brings smell and smoke to the valley

Several wildfires in the West are contributing to smoky conditions throughout Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, according to NOAA.

The Brian Head fire is 10 percent contained and had burned more than 43,000 acres, officials said on Monday.

State fire officials canceled the evacuation orders for dozens of homes on Tuesday night.

A force of about 1,000 fire personnel, backed by airplane tankers dumping payloads of flame-retardant chemicals, are trying to safeguard the most heavily populated areas on the northeastern fringe of the blaze, Davila said.

He tells dispatchers to send authorities "before he burns down Brian Head".

"Hi, I have a fire getting out of control", said a caller from the scene who is heard panting and out of breath.

"It's big. It's like 50 feet by 50 feet".

The Utah forestry agency said the fire is expected to move farther northeast in the coming days.

"We keep urging caution, especially as we come close to the Fourth of July holiday, that people take exceptional care with their fireworks".


Officials couldn't immediately say how many homes or people are affected by the evacuation order.

The fire has reached into remote areas of Dixie National Forest, where heavy fuel is continuing to feed it. Briggs said when it emerges from there, firefighters hope to get a better handle on it as it moves into lighter sagebrush.

The blaze broke out late on Monday afternoon and quickly grew to almost 1.5 square miles (200 hectares), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. One of the main roads into Prescott was closed.

Stiff winds and hot temperatures have made the Utah blaze the largest in the nation at 78 square miles. Investigators said they know who the culprit is, but they have not yet released the person's identity or what charges will be levelled. Fire departments and incident management teams across Arizona are reminding people, "if you fly, we can't". "Sleepless nights. ... We have 20 years of memory on that mountain".

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to visit the area Thursday.

Meanwhile, fire crews contained a wildire southwest of Fort Tuthill at 3.1 acres Tuesday, despite an illegal private drone forcing the grounding of Forest Service aircraft.

RCFD and CAL Fire were leading the firefight. "The next 24 hours will be critical, and the state will provide whatever support and resources are necessary to assist firefighters and residents in the region".

"They do a lot for us".

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